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Crawfish festival features ample food and music

The Brunswick News

WOODBINE -- Organizers of today's 28th Annual Woodbine Crawfish Festival say the event typically draws anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 visitors.

But this year, organizers are wondering if the 170 gallons of crawfish etouffee already prepared and 3,600 pounds of crawfish that will be boiled and served with corn on the cob and potatoes will last until the end of the day.

Royce Proctor, chairman of the committee that organizes the annual event, said he has received more calls than ever about today's festival. Some ask if there is an admission. The answer is no.

The majority of the callers are asking about the 5 p.m. concert by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, the headline act performing for free at the city's waterfront park at U.S. 17 on the Satilla River.

The classic rock band from the '70s had hits such as "So Into You," "Imaginary Lover" and "Champagne Jam."

Tony Cobb, the festival's entertainment chair, said organizers are bracing for large crowds.

"I've gotten more inquiries this year about the entertainment," Cobb said. "I'm expecting the biggest crowd we've ever had."

Of course, the live music isn't the only reason to attend the festival.

Besides the crawfish dinners, the festival will have 20 food booths and more than 100 arts and vendors along the Woodbine Riverwalk, from Fourth Street to the Satilla River Park. The booths are set up under a canopy of live oaks and other shade trees along the trail, making it one of the most scenic backdrops for a festival anywhere in the region.

Proctor said vendors like the festival so much that about 80 percent of them return every year.

"We have a good repeat crowd of vendors," Proctor said.

The festival is estimated to generate about $25,000 a year to support local charities such as reading programs, 4-H camp and various capital improvement projects.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswick, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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